2014/46 – Gorgeous Christmas decoration (I know it’s super early!!)

I know it’s early, but I just couldn’t help myself! I really like this pattern, it makes for a very pretty snowflake decoration, which (yet again) I am tempted to suggest adding sparkly beads or a yarn with silver glitter might give it that extra dazzle.

(I also think that if you could connect the snowflakes together, you might be able to incorporate this into a cape like Elsa’s from Frozen.)

Once again, just a reminder that when it mentions single crochet it means a UK double crochet, and double crochet means a UK treble.

It looks complicated, but it’s easier than it looks!

Full instructions are here:

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/01/pretty-picot-snowflake-pattern/

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/30 Free pattern – Snowman hat inspired by Olaf from Frozen

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19.04.14 Updated to add instructions to add tooth.

You will need:

5.5 mm hook
White yarn
Black yarn
Orange yarn

Stitches:
Chains
Double crochet – dc (US sc)
Half treble crochet – htr (US hdc)
Treble – tr (US dc)
Treble 2 together – tr2tog (US dc2tog): yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull off 2 loops. Yarn over, pull off all remaining loops.

The hat

Start with a magic ring and white yarn. Alternatively, chain 4 and join with a slip stitch. Please note that there is no join with a slip stitch while making the hat. You will crochet the first stitch of the next row into the last stitch of the previous row. You may need to use a stitch marker to keep track of the number of rows. To make your hat larger or smaller, use a larger or smaller crochet hook.

Round 1: 10 htr into ring. If using the magic ring method, pull ring closed and tie a small double knot after stitch 10 to secure and stop ring stretching when worn (20 stitches).

Round 2: 2 htr into each stitch from the previous round (20 st).

Round 3: *1 htr into first stitch, 2 htr into next.* Continue from * to * all the way around. You
should end round on a 2 htr (30 st).

Round 4: 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 htr into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (40 st).

Round 5: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (50 st).

Round 6: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (60 st).

Round 7: 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 2 into next. Continue from * to * all the way around. You should end round on a 2 htr (70 st).

Rounds 8 – 26: 1 htr into each stitch (70 st).

Round 27: 1 dc into each stitch (70 st). Fasten off and sew in ends. Alternatively, as this is the hat brim, you could crochet a round of tr instead, if you would prefer a wider brim.

The eyes – make 2

White circles
Using white yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 tr into same stitch. *1 tr into next stitch. 1 tr into next stitch. 2 tr into each remaining stitch from previous round.* Repeat from * to * all the way round. Slip stitch into top of chain 2 to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Black circles
Using black yarn, start with a magic ring or chain 4 and join with a slip stitch – whichever method you prefer.
Round 1: 10 tr into ring. Slip stitch to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew or glue the black circles onto the white circles as shown in the photograph. Place them wherever you like. Sew the eyes to the hat as shown in the picture. I placed mine three rows above the brim of the hat.

The eyebrows – make 2
Using black yarn, chain 17.
Tr into the 2nd stitch from the hook and then the next 4 stitches.
Htr into the next 5 stitches.
Dc into the next 5 stitches.

Fasten off. Sew in ends. Sew onto hat as shown in picture.

The hair.
Cut 2 pieces of black yarn, each about 3 inches long (8 cm). Thread them through the top centre of the hat and knot them on the inside of the hat to secure.

The nose
Using orange yarn, chain 12.
Row 1: 1 tr into 2nd stitch from hook and all remaining stitches. Chain 2. Turn.
Row 2: Crochet tr2tog. Tr into each remaining stitch, except for last 2: tr2tog into last 2. Chain 2. Turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have made a triangle – should be about 5 rows, including the last row with only 1 tr2tog.

Sew or glue nose to hat as shown in photo.

Additionally, you could add his tooth if you like. IMG_20140419_173016

Using white yarn, join to hat below nose with a chain.

Row 1: Crochet 1 tr into same stitch and then 9 more across.

Row 2: Chain 1 and crochet 1 tr into same stitch. 9 more tr across. Fasten off and sew in ends.

Snowflake slippers

I came up with these beauties using the snowflake pattern in issue 11 of Simply snowflake slippersCrochet magazine (out now if you’re quick). Hook up six or seven snowflakes and sew them together at the points until you have a slipper that is slightly smaller than the foot they’re for and voila!

I’m so addicted to making slippers at the moment.